Location: Westminster, California
Genre: Commercial, Brand Storytelling
Years directing films: Two
P PICTURED: Stills from Paul Kahler’s 4K film about a couple, Ryan and Jennifer,
who elope in an intimate ceremony on a beach.
NAL I S T S Presenting the nine finalists from the first 4K Filmmaking Challenge,
presented by PDN and Samsung. These talented filmmakers were each
selected to create a short 4K film with the Samsung NX500 camera.
Watch the films at www.4kfilmmakingchallenge.com.
California ;lmmaker Paul Kahler says when
creating his ;lms, he tries to keep the style very
simple, but always pays close attention to basic
visual elements, such as light, lines and shapes.
But his close attention doesn’t end there: Kahler
does a great job of matching instrumental music
to build and amplify the people he depicts in his
;lms. In his ;lm for the Last Drop Bottle Shop,
cra;-beer brewers Je; and Jena Amend tell
their story over the backdrop of instrumental
music featuring a glockenspiel-like keyboard
that echoes the sound of clinking glasses. In
other ;lms, the simple, instrumental music
accompanies the movements without any
narration, like a skateboarder riding down the
street or a family playing by the edge of the
To create his work, Kahler generally uses
a spartan crew. “;e majority of the shoots
I do are very simple and I have a very small
crew, with just two to three people helping,”
he explains. He’ll o;en have an assistant
monitoring the audio.
Kahler has done some 4K shooting, and has
de;nitely fallen in love with the quality of this
resolution: “;e images are truly amazing.”
But, ultimately, it still comes down to the
importance of the narrative. “I think the most
important part is the story we are telling while
using these cameras,” he says. “If we don’t
have a good story, people won’t even bother to
watch 4K footage.”